No one expects to be in an auto collision, but sometimes you find yourself in this unfortunate situation. That’s why you should be prepared for what to do after a car accident.
According to Progressive, safety is a priority. That means you should move your vehicle out of traffic to a safe place (if the accident was minor). Use cones, triangles, and flares for added visibility to passing cars. And make sure to check for injuries on you and your passengers, as well as passengers in the other vehicle.
Next, call the police — even if it’s a minor accident. While some drivers may want to haggle about paying for repairs, you’ll need a police report in order to file an insurance claim. If you don’t call the police, sometimes there’s no record that an accident occurred or, in some cases, that it wasn’t your fault.
After contacting the police, you’ll need to collect information. Get the other driver’s name, license plate number, driver’s license number, and insurance policy number. It’s also a smart idea to document the scene with pictures. Use your smartphone to take photos of the car accident. Additionally, collect the phone numbers of any potential witnesses in case you or the insurance company need to contact them later.
Lastly, never admit fault at the accident scene — even if you think it was yours. The police will make a report to determine whose fault the collision was, at which point, the insurance company will take over and start processing the claim.
Contact us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet if your vehicle has been in a recent collision. Our Service Department is here to make the recovery process less stressful for both you and your ride